For the last few years, Lompoc's year-round bottle lineup has been missing something—an IPA. Bryan Keilty, Lompoc Head Brewer, told me that his brewery stopped production of Centennial IPA, their previous flagship IPA, a few years ago. Since then, Lompoc has released seasonal IPAs at their pubs on draft only.
Hopheads, fret no longer! Lompoc announced the release of Pamplemousse Citrus IPA earlier this summer. Pamplemousse's citrus flavors are the product of four hop varieties and grapefruit juice. The beer was originally conceived as the first release of a rotating IPA series. However, Lompoc has since received much positive feedback and has decided to keep it on as a year-round beer. You can find Pamplemousse Citrus IPA in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at Lompoc pubs.
Lompoc sent me both the bottle of beer and the grapefruit pictured below. Is that a not-so-subtle hint that I can expect to experience some grapefruit flavors? I'll sample the beer (and grapefruit) soon and will let you know. In the meantime, check out Lompoc's news release below for more details.
Let no risk go untaken: Lompoc Brewing celebrates scurvy
old sea captains with year-round Pamplemousse Citrus IPA
PORTLAND, Ore. – Earlier this summer, Lompoc Brewing released Pamplemousse Citrus IPA as part of its mainstay of beers, complementing its lineup of C-Note Imperial Pale Ale and Kick Axe Dry-Hopped Pale Ale.
Pamplemousse, French for grapefruit, is a deep golden, medium-bodied Citrus IPA that offers up refreshment that promises to satisfy all the senses. Four hop varieties – Centennial, Chinook, Meridian and Tettnang – along with real grapefruit juice, build a solid hop bitterness highlighted by citrus notes, both on the tongue and in the nose.
Pamplemousse is available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles at all Lompoc pubs as well as in various establishments around the Northwest. The label design, by local brand builders Woody Adams and Andrew MacKenzie of Waamco, features a backdrop of a richly textured deep green tapestry with an intricate hop design; upon that sits a wall-mounted moose trophy sporting an armored helmet, reminiscent of the helmet in Lompoc’s logo. One of the helmet horns is skewering a half grapefruit.
The label design quickly prompted the creation of a mascot: Sir Pamplemousse, leader of the Kingdom of Lompoc. Sir Pamplemousse makes appearances at most Lompoc events and tastings, and randomly about town, sporting a helmet with moose antlers, a sword, a tunic, and clacking plastic grapefruits.
The legend of the Pamplemousse says that a scurvy old French sea captain was the first to discover grapefruit on the island of Barbados. Lompoc celebrates these scurvy captains and their discovery every damn day.
A Portland staple since 1996, Lompoc Brewing produces seven flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 22 oz bottles and on draft at locations around town, and at its five neighborhood pubs: Lompoc Tavern in NW Portland, Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, and Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast.
For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit www.lompocbrewing.com. Drink Local, Drink Lompoc!
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